Landon Hockey 3 Walt Whitman 4

At the Bear’s Den (thanks Mr. Wolf) 11/30/2016:

To many watching hockey for the first time or even during a novice period, one is in awe just at the skating. How do these athletes move so smoothly on a slippery surface while moving down or up the rink, catching and sending the puck with a stick plus avoiding opposing players seeking to destroy your precarious balance on a thin blade? The skills to play this sport can be developed on an individual basis. However, hockey may be the sport requiring the most interdependent play among teammates of any athletic endeavor.

The Bears 1st 2016 match, against neighbor WWHS, showed high skill levels, particularly with 9 underclassmen of the 19 members of the squad. They moved the puck with sharp passes and the positioning/movement at both ends of the rink looked good. In fact, with 10 players from the MAPHL/IAC 2016 champions not on this year’s team, the play was good for a first game.

What was missing was the little things which will develop over the season. An example: the Bears were rushing up ice and as the centerman approached the blue line, a Viking defender moved towards the Bear. In anticipation of a check, the puck moved to the left wing who was trailing a little behind the leading puck carrier. The sort of play which a team uses to wins games. No fault to anyone, the LW had headed to the bench for a line shift. As the team gets to know each other, this pass will connect and the Bears will likely score.

As the season progresses, it is likely that these opportunities will be converted.

In contrast, the Vikings have been practicing since October 24 and have played in 7 (5-1-1) games. That added play resulted in, among other things, an efficient powerplay (2 goals in 3PPs).

WWHS scored first at 13:21, but the home team responded with two even strength tallies—Spencer Davis unassisted @ 13:03











and then a sweet pass from Owen Concannon to frosh Joey Graham @ 10:07.










The Whitman team replied with an adverse verse at 8:16.

Ty Morton had 6 saves in the 1st period with the SOGs at L9 W8


At 0:57.4 of the initial 15 minute period, the first penalty was called against the home team and 41 seconds into the next trimester, the potent PP of the visiting Vikings struck at 14:09.

At even strength Ryan Giles fed Drew Wellington @11:01 to make it even at 3-3.

The referees found fault with the play of a WWHS skater and sent him to the penalty box. He exited 120 seconds later with no change to the Landon score.

Soon thereafter, the skaters wearing black and white shirts determined that a Bear had transgressed and assigned him 2 minutes to spend with Ms. Stout (the keeper of the sin bin). This time Landon help the WWHS PP at bay for 51 seconds, but the visitors tallied their 2nd PP goal at 3:04.

Landon incurred another penalty, but the Penalty Killers (led by some of the team’s youngsters) were able to successfully deal with the Viking advantage over the 2 minutes.

Ty prevented 9 of the opponents’ shots from entering the Landon nets and the home team recorded 5 SOGs



The last time segment of this match was well played and scoreless. Both netminders played solidly (there were no soft goals in the game). Landon failed to capitalize on 5 consecutive minutes of power play time (including two segments when the Bears were +2).

Ty’s shut out over this period involved 5 saves while his offensive teammates put 11 SOGs at the WWHS goal.





Spalding Friday 12/2 7pm at Piney Orchard


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  1. […] Hockey lost to a very good Walt Whitman High School (3-4) and beat Archbishop Spalding (1-0). (links to full reports) Tuesday @ Calvert Hall […]

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